Headline Rollup for January 19, 2017

Robust Ricoh color A4 MFPs boast productivity and smooth mobile device connectivity, enabling users to do more in less time New information hubs empower workstyle innovation by bringing print, copy, scan, fax, storage and cloud access capabilities to workgroups of all sizes New RICOH Intelligent Delivery Services powers the mail center with enhanced automation and…

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Imaging Market Evolution – The Channel and “Amazon Like” Services

A look at the future of the Imaging market and sales channels One of the questions we often hear is what will the market and channel for imaging products and services look like in 5-10 years. This is a huge topic to tackle so we continue to take it in chunks as a series of…

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Designing a Really Smart Office Printer

For years, the focus of office printer design was on reducing costs, footprint, weight, power requirements, noise levels, and on improving overall hardware quality/reliability, duty cycle, image quality and ergonomic design.  Today, with more and more printer fleets being managed under MPS provider contracts, it is important to understand the real total cost of ownership…

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Headline Rollup for January 17, 2017

  Canon’s Continued Innovation Earns Company Position Among Top Three U.S. Patent Holder Companies MELVILLE, N.Y., Jan. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Redefining the boundaries of what’s possible through its strong focus on innovation, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., has for the 31st consecutive year, secured a spot among…

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Is Our Industry Productive?

Productivity… what a wonderful word! It creates images of increasing profits, growth, and positive business trends. But how do we know if we are being productive? How do we know if we are productive as an industry? Or a company? How is it measured? There are many, many ways of measuring productivity – but one…

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Headline Rollup for January 12, 2017

  Epson Introduces SureColor P5000 Professional 17-inch 10-Color Inkjet Printer LONG BEACH, Calif., Jan. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Epson is once again setting the benchmark for professional imaging excellence with the introduction of the new 17-Inch Epson® SureColor® P5000.  Incorporating the latest imaging technologies, the SureColor P5000 resets the standard for the desktop photography, fine art, graphic design, and proofing…

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Another View on Millennials and Print

  I recently came across an article written by Ashley Leone and published in Direct Marketing Insights regarding Millennials and print.  I was intrigued because Ms. Leone is a Millennial so I thought that I would share some key takeaways from her article along with some supplemental data.  First, I think that many of us…

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The 2020 Multifunction Printer (MFP) – a True Workflow Efficiency Hub?

Back in 2011, Photizo completed some primary research and came up with the “ideal” hardcopy device (see Figure 1).  The thought process at that time was to make the next generation of printers and copiers designed for robust, long-term services – always connected and designed for ease of support. As can be seen in the…

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3D Printing – Sorting out Hype vs. Reality

At the 2015 CES show, there was a great deal of excitement particularly over consumer 3D printers available from a number of companies with the hype being a bit suppressed with Stratasys (acquirer of MakerBot) announcing massive layoffs. 2016 was the year of reassessing a bit with companies such as HP making huge investments in…

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The Significance of Supplies to Office Printer Manufacturers

We all know that printer supplies are important to office printer manufacturers and we are reminded of the razor/razor blade analogy, but do we know how significant the office supplies revenue and profit really are to printer manufacturers? We can look at some data points that will give us some perspective.  First, let’s look at HP…

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Headline Rollup for January 10, 2017

  Lexmark cuts may hit Lenexa unit Lexmark International will lay off 320 employees from its enterprise software unit, which may include jobs in Lenexa, a Lexmark spokeswoman confirmed on Thursday. Lexmark will reduce about 10 percent of its enterprise software employees. Konica Minolta invests to show commitment to production print Konica Minolta has opened a Digital…

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Headline Rollup for January 5, 2017

Xerox Launches with a Modern Day Version of the Iconic Brother Dominic Commercial NORWALK, Conn. —  Xerox (NYSE: XRX) today unveiled a new ad – led by a contemporary twist on a beloved commercial – to usher in its next chapter as an $11 billion leader in digital print technology. The commercial describes Xerox’s focused direction to innovate the…

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Office Printer Media – Often Overlooked but Still Very Important

Many of us print less today than we did five-ten years ago but despite the decline in office print volumes, print media is still very important. It is important because it does affect print quality and is a key part of the office printer supplies annuity and is also so very important to those in…

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Billboards of the Future – They will be Watching Us

As we travel down the highway we see one thing or another.  Many of these billboards are produced digitally and printed with grand format devices. Over the years, several of these traditional billboards have been replaced by digital billboards with the benefit that they can easily be changed so a single board could support multiple…

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Headline Rollup for January 3, 2017

HP records double-digit installations of its PageWide portfolio As the calendar year comes to a close, HP has announced a double-digit growth in installations for its PageWide portfolio of printers across the country. It’s been a year since PageWide was introduced in the Indian market. Xerox Completes Separation of Conduent, Begins New Chapter as Focused…

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Business Intelligence Digest – December 2016

Download the Business Intelligence Digest – December 2016. Enjoy all the articles that we published in December … in one convenient PDF document.

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Canon’s Tom Minamide, The Passing of a Gentle Giant

Our industry is full of people with great ideas and passion, who are ‘thought leaders’ in crafting a new vision for the future. There are also leaders who are willing to champion new ideas and lead the charge for change despite insurmountable resistance which can be present in many large global organizations. These are what…

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Finding MPS Revenue Growth in Enterprise Accounts

As markets grow and mature, achieving growth for individual competitors rapidly shifts from winning ‘greenfield’ opportunities to using market segmentation, customer targeting, and other techniques to drive growth. It is at this stage that your marketing team should begin earning their paycheck by identifying ways to grow revenue in a market that increasingly consists of…

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Headline Rollup for December 22, 2016

Xerox Names Steve Hoover Chief Technology Officer NORWALK, Conn. — Xerox (NYSE: XRX) has named Steve Hoover, as chief technology officer, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Hoover currently serves as chief executive officer of PARC, A Xerox Company. Brother Mobile Solutions Charts Record Growth Fueled by High Demand for Mobile Printing in B2B Markets WESTMINSTER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Brother…

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Is Brick and Mortar Retail Dead?

A recent article by the Associated Press highlighted how retail firms are shifting strategies. What traditionally worked in a retail only format has gone the wayside as brick and mortar retail firms increasingly see their revenue coming from online sales. The article cited statistics that are interesting such as online and mail order sales growing…

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Toshiba Offers Nuance Document Solutions

Toshiba America Business Solutions announced the availability of Nuance Communications, Inc.’s AutoStore and Equitrac® document solutions, to complement their line of e-STUDIO™ multifunction products (MFPs). Toshiba will sell and distribute Nuance’s solutions through the company’s independent dealer network and Toshiba Business Solutions direct sales operations throughout the United States and Latin America. AutoStore and Equitrac can be available from the front panel user…

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Photizo Survey Regarding Office Print Volume Trends

There are many thoughts regarding office print volume trends which varies depending on who you talk to.  Some folks believe that content is increasing exponentially so, even though the % of actual printed output relative to electronic documents managed may be dropping, the absolute number of printed output is not declining.  Others are much more…

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Headline Rollup for December 20, 2016

Ricoh Remains in Top Shape Proud to be the leading company in Ricoh’s Asia Pacific region Another solid sales year and a continued focus on innovative technology are two key themes to emerge from Ricoh New Zealand’s 2016 Sustainability Report, its ninth such report. Xerox printers discussed for SMBs Small Business Trends talked to Bradley Allan,…

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Market Maturity and Industry Consolidation … Is it a Discrete or a Concurrent Process?

If Market Maturity in an industry is a given, then what dictates Industry Consolidation? There are many thoughts given to why an industry matures in terms of a phase, what direction does it take, what drives maturity, is there a programmed pattern, or does it take 10, or 20 years, or is it a specific…

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Headline Rollup for December 15, 2016

Further details on HP Inc-Samsung deal Samsung has shared further information on the acquisition, including details about warranties, cartridges, MPS and more. The OEMs agreed on the deal in September, with HP Inc acquiring Samsung’s printing business for $1.05 billion (€932.8 million). The Recycler reported beforehand that Samsung was mulling over a $1.8 billion (€1.6 billion) sale to HP…

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Greeting Cards Aren’t What They Used to Be

In order for the greeting card industry to survive, the industry is going to need to become more creative. Digital communications and social media are causing disruptions within this industry. According to Hallmark, their workforce went from 22,000 FTE’s to 10,500 FTEs worldwide from 2010-2015.  In the next five years, the downward trend is expected…

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Imaging Market Evolution – The Channel Partner of the Future

A look at the future of the Imaging market and sales channels One of the questions we often hear is what will the market and channel for imaging products and services look like in 5-10 years. This is a huge topic to tackle so we continue to take it in chunks as a series of…

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2016 State of the Imaging Industry, Highlights and Trends

The intent of this write-up is to provide an overview or top level look at highlights of the office printing market in 2016 and market trends and opportunities looking forward. A much more detailed report will be available from Photizo by the end of January 2017. As we approach the end of 2016, from a…

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Upcoming Groundbreaking Solution Provided by Photizo and PrintFleet

In late 2015, Photizo Group and PrintFleet partnered to create a solution that would dramatically improve profitability for dealers and service providers delivering managed print. Both firms have extensive experience in the industry and identified a unique opportunity to leverage this experience with ground breaking technology to solve problems that have plagued the industry for…

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Headline Rollup for December 13, 2016

HP tackles weak printer firewalls through Managed Print Services updates Hewlett Packard is on a mission to protect corporate print environments against cyberattacks, and it has redesigned its Managed Print Services to do it. Lexmark announces commencement of change of control offer to purchase its Senior Notes due 2020 LEXINGTON, Ky., Dec. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Lexmark International,…

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